THE DAMNED aka GALLOWS HILL (2013) Reviews and overview

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‘Heaven help us’

The Damned – aka Gallows Hill – is a 2013 Colombian horror film directed by Victor García (Frost Giant; Hellraiser: Revelations; Return to Haunted House; Mirrors 2) from a script by Richard D’Ovidio (The Call; Thir13en Ghosts).

A widower takes his children on a trip to their mother’s Colombian hometown. En route, the family are involved in an accident and take refuge in a secluded inn, where they free a girl locked in a basement and set in motion a terrifying sequence of events…

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“Maybe it is the sedate pace that leaves it hamstrung or the fact that, once push comes to shove, the shove just isn’t harsh enough to knock us from our perches. Ultimately, one cannot shake that feeling that the promising premise is slightly wasted.” Rivers of Grue

” …at least summons a convincing demonic energy to help motivate the characters into the panic zone. The feature certainly means well enough, with a few trembling performances that sell the moment, yet there’s little to dig into once formula takes over, leaving the effort predictable. Shrieking and bloody, but predictable.” Brian Orndorf,


Main cast:

  • Peter Facinelli
  • Sophia Myles
  • Nathalia Ramos
  • Carolina Guerra

Filming locations:

Bogotá and Sesquilé, Cundinamarca, Colombia


IFC Films premiered The Damned in North America on Ultra VOD July 25, 2014, and released it via selected theatrical showings on August 29, 2014.

In the UK, Second Sight Films released the movie on DVD as The House on Gallows Hill.

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